I went back and added the photos to yesterday's post - not spectacular but maybe they add a bit, at least.
Phil's daughter is coming to dinner, and she's avoiding sugar at the moment, so I whipped this up for her (I get to have a bit of dessert too when she's on her diet!)
It's a halvah bar (guess I connected with my Mediterranean roots). The base is:
1/3 cup sesame seeds,
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup golden flax meal
4 tablespoons xylitol,
2 tablespoons coconut oil,
couple drops water
processed until crumbing up, then pressed into loaf pan.
1/2 cup soaked sesame seeds,
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons xylitol
pinch of salt
piece of vanilla bean
good dash of ceylon cinnamon
blended in Vita-Mix until smooth; then add:
1 tablespoon cacao butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil.
This was completely off the top of my head, made within minutes of hearing that she's coming to dinner.
I hope she'll like it. Does it sound good to you?
Reflections on self-love: it's come around again! Time to reflect with gratitude and love on four more body parts. Tina asks, "What are you thankful for from your body today? Try and think of something different." I'm embarrassed that this is so hard for me - feel like I'm being a little drama queen.
I actually asked Phil for some help with choosing some loved body parts.
One suggestion of his that I liked (and wasn't x-rated!) was the little notch between my two collarbones, above my sternum, where he can sometimes see my pulse. What a great spot to pick. It is like a keystone of an arch - so many things meet there. It's also right at my throat chakra, to do with vocalization and self-expression. It's close to my thyroid, which has had such a hard time and so much mistreatment, and which is just about hanging in there with all the help and supplementation that it's getting.
OK - where else? Well, I should give my adrenals a little shoutout - they are troopers. It's probably remarkable that they work at all! As we're about to go into the stress of a long journey and being away from home, I need to make sure that I'm especially nice to them and not get tempted to push myself too hard. A good moment to remember gratitude to them.
And finally...um.... well, actually, maybe this is corny, since I've featured my eyes in an earlier 'body parts' post, but I've always liked my eyebrows! They are dark, full and straight, and give good definition to my eyesockets. At their inner tips (nearer my nose), the hairs stand up straight, and then grow horizontally for the rest. I used to enjoy looking at those vertical hairs when I was a little kid, wondering how they did it! I've never plucked them in my life. I like how they are so long and straight, whereas many people have half-moon-shaped eyebrows (which looks just fine on them).
(It was so cold this morning but then the sun came out - Phil took this at lunchtime: the sun is in my eyes and you can see my slight green smoothie mustache!)